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Blowing the Horn On Those GMOs

Locally grown, organic food is safer and abundant

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/13/2015

Attractive Things Seen at a Farmer's Market
Many of the products sold by farmers’ market vendors are organically grown.

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - With all the hubbub about the food chain, organic vs. non-organic, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMO in our food supply and much more, many people just don’t know what it is all about. So what is a GMO? And how does it affect you and the foods you choose?

Genetically Modified Organism is a living “thing” (plant, animal or otherwise) that has had its genetic structure altered. The alteration can be one or many things, such as increased yield (more or bigger product), reduced size (miniature), bug resistant, disease resistant, pesticide and/or herbicide resistant, and many other options. The question is, by altering the organism genetically, is it still the same?

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Board Approves Permit for Proposed Temporary Homeless Shelter

Will Review Agreement Outlining Conditions at Future Meeting

Posted: 2/13/2015

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Feb. 4, to allow a temporary change of use for county-owned property in North Auburn that could allow the facility to be used as an emergency homeless shelter.

A nonprofit group known as Right Hand Auburn Inc. has proposed opening a temporary shelter at the Placer County Government Center, a county complex commonly known as the DeWitt Center.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve a temporary conditional use permit that is needed because the proposed site’s zoning currently does not permit a homeless shelter there. The temporary permit would remain in effect up to a year, but would allow Right Hand Auburn to operate a shelter on a three-month trial basis.

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December 2014 Unemployment Rate is Placer County’s Lowest Since 2007

Posted: 2/13/2015

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Placer County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent during December, reaching its lowest point since 2007.

The California Employment Development Department reported that Placer County had 9,400 unemployed workers out of a total civilian workforce of 178,700 people last month. Its seasonally unadjusted 5.2 percent jobless rate was down from the 5.9 percent posted for November and from the 6.5 percent recorded for December a year earlier.

Last month’s 5.2 percent matches the mark Placer County recorded in December 2007 and is slightly higher than the 4.9 percent recorded in November 2007.

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Emergency Homeless Shelter in North Auburn Considered

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Young Man Contemplates a Homeless Future
New homeless is a growing possibility.

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted during a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, to further the conversation about allowing a temporary emergency homeless shelter to be opened on county-owned property in North Auburn.

Board members did not make a final decision to allow a nonprofit group known as Right Hand Auburn Inc. to open a shelter, but voted unanimously to consider a temporary conditional use permit at their Feb. 3 meeting that would remove a major obstacle to the group’s shelter proposal.

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Dry January Heightens Drought Concern

Posted: 1/30/2015

David Breninger Receives Award from Dave Koland
General Manager David Breninger (left) receives the National Water Resources Association (NWRA) Distinguished Service Award from NWRA President Dave Koland.
Photo courtesy of PCWA

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Continuing dry weather is a concern to leaders of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA).

An update on current precipitation and water storage was presented Thursday, Jan. 15 to the PCWA Board of Directors by Deputy Director of Technical Services Tony Firenzi, who is serving as the agency’s drought project manager.

Firenzi said that PCWA and PG&E are operating mountain water systems “very conservatively” to store as much water as possible for the coming year. “The late December rains improved conditions over last year at this time,” said Firenzi. “But the almost complete lack of snow in the mountains is a serious concern.

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Taking Strides Against Domestic Violence

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015

Five Fellows in Heels With Signs Protesting Domestic Violence
WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.
Photos courtesy of Tia Gemmell

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Walking in someone’s shoes is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you’re a man marching in women’s high heels. That’s exactly what 620 men did last spring to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault at WEAVE’s 2014 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. Through sponsorships, they raised over $237,000 to fund many programs the organization provides to victims of abuse.

WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.

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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014


Water Agency Prepares for Storm Runoff, Debris

Posted: 12/18/2014


Sierra Gold Chorus Presents “The Secrets of Christmas”

Posted: 12/3/2014


Yosemite Sustainability Conference Announced

Event Designed To Help Businesses, Government, and Non-Profits

Posted: 12/3/2014


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